Amazonas, in Peru’s northeast, is the land of the Chachapoyas culture, one of the country’s most important, and the location of Kuelap. This fortress, at an altitude of 3000 m.a.s.l., is in a very rugged area and at present can only be reached on foot.
But this will change in October 2016 with the completion of an aerial cableway capable of carrying up to 500 people in 20 minutes in 26 gondolas, from the village of Tingo (on foot the journey takes two to three hours). It will be like flying over this spectacular zone: the fort was built by the Chachapoyas and is protected by an eight-metre wall. It is a stone citadel decorated with anthropomorphic figures and animals carved in stone and demonstrates the ability of the ancient inhabitants to adapt to and live in harmony with their surroundings.The territory includes rugged mountains, cloud forests, fast-flowing rivers and unexpected bogs. To get there you first have to go to the town of Chachapoyas, which can be reached by air or road from Lima; from there it takes a further two hours to get to Tingo.
Chachapoyas, capital of Amazonas, is one of the oldest and best preserved cities of the viceregal period. Its ancient buildings with their tiled roofs, balconies and interior courtyards are surrounded by gardens and smallholdings. One example: la Casona Monsante, which contains orchids and more than 1500 exotic plants from the region.
Private transport, guide, cable car transportation, meals and entrance tickets.